ACES-07 Flight Info


LAUNCH TIME:May 23, 2007 8:00am CDT (estimate)
LAUNCH LOCATION: Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility, Palestine, Texas (31.78317 deg N, 95.72333 deg W)
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Live online tracking of the flight was available


Flight Systems:

Balloon Manufacturer Kaymount
Balloon Type latex
Balloon Size 3000 gram
Nozzle Lift ~17.6 pounds (estimate)
Free Lift % ~5.6 pounds (estimate)z
Ascent Rate 1000 fpm (target)
Descent Rate 1200 fpm (estimate)
Peak Altitude 105,000 ft. (target)
Launch Conditions


Payload Configuration:

Parachute: Skyangle 60" - 340 grams
Cutdown Apparatus: Nichrome heating element to melt nylon cord attaching top of parachute to balloon.  Controlled by ground command through location beacon transceiver.  Contains own batteries and battery heater - 142 grams
Lagnape: LSU pennant and Clovis the Crawfish (20 grams) Modulated FM Morse Code beacon every 45 seconds, Radio Shack HTX-400 transceiver transmitting at 445.950 MHz at about 300 mW, Flexible half wave J-pole antenna, PIC 16F84A microcontroller and DTMF command decoder - 385 grams
Primary Beacon: Kenwood TH-D7 transceiver transmitting at 144.340 MHz at about 4 W, Sending ARPS packet data on a 30 second interval, Call sign W5YW-11, Garmin GPS-25LVS, Passive conformal patch antenna for GPS - 777 grams
Antenna: Half wave flexible J-Pole - 80 grams
Experiment A: LSU-ME Pressure, Temperature, Density (330 grams)
Experiment B: LSU-ME THE, Temperature, Heater experiment (237 grams)
Voice Repeater: Radio, repaeater controller and audio location beeper (287 grams)
Experiment C: LaTech, VUCIRO3, UV-C and ozone measurement (319 grams)
Experiment D: UNO, RASD, UV-B measurements (295 grams)
Secondary Beacon: Kenwood TH-D7 transceiver transmitting at 144.340 MHz at about 4 W, Sending ARPS packet data on a 60 second interval, Call sign KD5ZUP-11, Garmin GPS-25LVS, Passive conformal patch antenna for GPS - 670 grams
Antenna: Half wave flexible J-Pole - 80 grams
Structure: Flight train string, spreader bar, payload clips - 125 grams
   
   
  Total weight of payload string is < 12 pounds